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Lies in education [was Re: The "loop and a half"]


On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 12:19 PM, Ben Bacarisse <ben.usenet at bsb.me.uk> wrote:
> Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> writes:
>
>> On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 11:55 AM, Ben Bacarisse <ben.usenet at bsb.me.uk> wrote:
>>> Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> writes:
>>>> it binds your URLs to
>>>> the concrete file system. That may not seem like too much of a
>>>> problem, but it's a pretty big limitation; you can't have URLs like
>>>> "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo"; without some help from the web
>>>> server, eg Apache's mod_rewrite.
>>>
>>> I don't follow this.  Your "can't" and "big limitation" suggests
>>> something inevitable, but I don't see it as an intrinsic problem with
>>> the language.  I'm sure PHP is not as flexible as the frameworks you
>>> mention, but you are not tied to URLs mapping to files.  Maybe you meant
>>> that this is what often happens, or what most people do, with PHP.
>>
>> How would you, with PHP itself, handle database-provided URLs? The
>> only way I've ever seen it done is at an external level - such as
>> mod_rewrite - which means that someone else, *not* the PHP script, is
>> managing your URLs. They're pushed to some external config file
>> somewhere. That's okay for just one URL pattern, but it doesn't scale
>> well, which is why (for example) Wikipedia's editing pages are
>> "/w/index.php?...." instead of, say, "/wiki/Foo/edit" or
>> "/wiki/edit/Foo".
>>
>> Unless you know something I don't?
>
> Provided some early part of the URL is handled by PHP, the rest of the
> URL path is provided to PHP in $_SERVER["PATH_INFO"].

Is it possible to do that without having ".php" visible in the path?

ChrisA